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Old December 6th, 2004, 03:04 PM
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Default Do you have continuous rocking movement after cruise? Help

Do you have a continuous rocking motion after cruise has ended? For some people this feeling lasts a shor time and goes away. For a select few after being on a boat, plane or in car this feeling get longer every time. We are not crazy or making this up it is a documented vestibular syndrome. It is generally thought to be an inability of the brain to re adjust to land.

There is a rare syndrome that is becoming more common as cruising increases. A person takes month or year to get their "sea legs" back after a cruise, boat ride, or even an airplane trip. Many of us have had this syndrome for years after taking a cruise. If you feel a rocking, swaying, or bobbing motion, imbalance, and fatigue and have difficulty concentrating every day, all day, you probably have this.
This is called Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDs). If you need information email me or contact me or type in Mal de Debarquement into Google. A lot of people feel like they are going crazy when the rocking doesn't stop for weeks or months and this actual effects your ability to think and speak for most people, in some degree. We are trying to increase awareness of this syndrome and let people know what they have. I have had this for over two years after a cruise. I have had other shorter episodes after boat rides and cruises.

It is true that other types of vertigo are similar to this syndrome, but many doctors have never heard of this. Most of the people in our support group (yahoo) self-diagnosed and had to print out Medical articles (Dr. Timothy Hain) to take to our own doctors. I am just trying to get the word out that there is such a syndrome for the people who are struggling with this. I had this after my first cruise for 1.5 years; it went away in one day. I went on a 2nd cruise 6 months later and now have had it 24/7, for 2 years and 4 months, not fun. We have over 100 people in our support group and some have had it over 14 years. They cannot work or function normally. Some drugs are helpful for different people. But it helps to get ideas on treatments and coping skills.

Here's some web sites: www.earaces.com/maldedebarquement.htm

We have a great support group on Yahoo:
Good luck to all that have this.
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Old December 6th, 2004, 06:15 PM
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Thanks Rockingal. A friend of mine said she still has that sensation since our cruise ended last month. I'll forward her the info.

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Old December 6th, 2004, 06:36 PM
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After having this for a few days after a cruise, I always use Bonine. I continue taking it for several days afterwards, & have never had it happen again. Once I had to go to the doctor, & he gave me Antivert, which worked for me. It would be terrible to have it continue!!
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Old December 7th, 2004, 02:14 AM
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WOW,Thanks Rockingal for the great info. I'm a nurse and have not heard of this syndrome. One of my coworkers went on a 15 day cruise last August and she still has the rocking sensation. I will forward her this info.
I myself just returned from a 7 day cruise and feel a slight rocking feeling off and on. Hopefully it will go away soon, as it did last year after my cruise.
Thanks again for the info

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